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March 13, 2014
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North San Juan man arrested on peeping charges

A North San Juan man was arrested Wednesday night after reportedly being caught in a tree, peeping into a 12-year-old girl’s bedroom window.

A Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a residence on the 27000 block of Sweetland Road at about 9:15 p.m. after a man called 911 to report a prowler in a tree.

“The resident was looking out his daughter’s bedroom window on the second floor and saw a man in the tree, looking in,” said Sheriff Keith Royal.

The deputy arrived at the scene to find a man — who proved to be the father — standing in the driveway with an ax handle.

“He told the deputy there was a man in dark clothing, with a mask, in the yard,” Royal said. “Sure enough, there was a man in the tree, wearing a ski mask.”

The suspect was ordered to come down, which he did, but he then reportedly tried to flee. The deputy used a Taser on the man, who fell to the ground and was handcuffed, Royal said.

He was identified as Lawrence Philippe Blakeslee, 58, and reportedly lives in the neighborhood. Blakeslee was arrested on suspicion of stalking, trespassing, and resisting arrest. He was being held in county jail in lieu of $11,500 bail.

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